Cathedral Cities of England

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Winchester

THIS ancient city on the river Itchen in Hampshire is inseparably bound with William of Wykeham. He it was who rebuilt a great part of the magnificent cathedral now extant, and who founded the great public school of Winchester, at which so many celebrated men have received their education. These form the great attraction of the city, and rescue it from oblivion. It is with sorrow we foresee that the inevitable restoration will take place in the east end of this venerable structure. For many years past the foundations were known to be in an unsafe condition, but recently great alarm was caused by the appearance of large cracks in the upper masonry and of the bulging in of the groining of the crypt. There was no doubt that the foundations were slowly subsiding, and speculation was rife as to the cause. With a view to ascertaining the state of the foundations, excavations were made. It was discovered that the original builders had rested them on marshy ground, strengthened with oak piles,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Introductory 3
  • Characteristics 11
  • Durham 37
  • Líchfíeld 58
  • Oxford 65
  • Peterborough 80
  • St. Albans - St. Albanus. ("Doomsday Book.") 91
  • Wells 102
  • Chíchester - ("Doomsday Book.") 129
  • Chester - Cestre. ("Doomsday Book.") 139
  • Rochester 162
  • Ely 183
  • Lincoln - Lincolia. ("Doomsday Book.") 235
  • Salísbury - Salisberie. ("Doomsday Book.") 270
  • Norwich - Norwic ("Doomsday Book.") 315
  • London St. Paul's. Si Quaeris Monumentum, Circumspice. 337
  • Dork - Eboracum. ("Doomsday Book.") 371
  • Winchester 397
  • Westminster 414
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